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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

Monday - 5/12/2014, 12:09am  ET

In this March 3, 2014 photo, Djalma Antonio Jardim, who has a rare inherited skin disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, or "XP," looks out the window from inside his home in the Araras community of Brazil's Goias state. Jardim wears the large straw hat in an effort to protect his face, but it's helped little, as he has undergone more than 50 surgeries to remove skin tumors. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Photo coverage by The Associated Press in Latin America and the Caribbean last week was as varied as the region itself, from Hollywood movies filmed in Cuba to soccer, politics, and the frailty of the human condition.

In Cuba's capital, the filming of an Ernest Hemingway movie by an international film crew helped unite a passion of both the United States and Cuba, while cliff diving was in full swing in Havana with the world's top divers flying off El Morro Castle.

Brazil is on its final countdown toward the start of the World Cup and everyone is in the grips of soccer fever. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez joined in the selfie craze while visiting the Facebook office in Buenos Aires.

In Panama, Juan Carlos Varela was elected the new president, confounding all expectations and opinion polls. Tens of thousands of citizens marched in Chile demanding changes in the educational system, and students in Haiti clashed with police over school cancelations. Members of Mexican vigilante groups became sworn officers of the peace.

People in the remote Brazilian village of Araras talked about their community's ordeal of having an extremely high rate of the normally rare genetic skin disease known as XP.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.


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